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Comment Re:That can't be right (Score 1) 419

Take a look at the era surrounding the great depression here. Now take a look at 1950-1980. What happened after 1970? What happened between 1950 and 1980?

Your links undermine your argument. There is growing abundance in the US from 1950 on to the present, yet fertility collapsed to barely 1% growth (driven solely by immigration of high fertility population, I might add). If there was evidence for your claim, we would see it now. You wouldn't need to strongly and repeatedly assert it without evidence.

Comment Re:Surprised (Score 1) 419

You describe a queue of people seeking impoverished workers

Cash income of $12/hr is equivalent to roughly $15 hour regular payroll, since no taxes are taken out. That is equivalent to about $30k year. The last guy I hired said he and his wife shared a 3 bedroom house with 2 other couples, and they were all working. So 6*30k = $180k of household income. I would not call that "impoverished". Sure, $180k doesn't go far in SF, but most of these workers commute in from the East Bay, where living costs are much lower.

paying not enough to rent a room and buy meals and clothing

These workers are not homeless, they are well-fed, and they are wearing clothes. So they are obviously able to afford all of these things.

let alone medical care?

So we have homeless people because they refuse to accept jobs that don't offer medical benefits? Seriously?

Comment Re:Better up the Military Budget (Score 3, Insightful) 46

From the summary (which is from the article):

"We're going to see refugee problems on an unimaginable scale, potentially above 30 million people."

There are currently 60 million war refugees according to UNHCR

So either our military commanders havent kept up with whats been going on the last decade, or they can't even imagine current reality.

Comment Re:Glad (Score 1) 129

Even when Shuttle was flying, they weren't using it for resupply unless they were already going to the ISS for a crew transfer or delivering another module for construction.

Why spend $100M+ sending (and risking) Shuttle on the world's most extravagant DoorDash delivery, when a $40M rocket will do?

Comment Re:Hmmm.... (Score 1) 129

Performing a roll maneuver in powered flight before pitching over is stupidly easy to do in comparison to rebuilding your entire launch infrastructure, or having a massively complex mechanical rotating launch pad that will invariably have weight limits and breakdowns.

This is like the opposite of the NASA astronaut pen -vs- Soviet Pencil joke.

Comment Re:Silicon Valley have-nots? (Score 3, Funny) 31

Would this be someone who lives in a $200,000 shack

You are missing a zero. Facebook is in Menlo Park, where a 3 bedroom home is over $2M, and even studio apartments go for over $1M. I am happy to see Facebook helping these people. After their mortgage payment, some of these people have so little money left that they have to settle for a 5-series BMW instead of the 7-series that they truly deserve.

Comment Re:Surprised (Score 1) 419

Maybe instead of giving her card to people with "Please Help" signs your friend ought to place some "Help Wanted" ads around town.

In the SF Bay Area there are "help wanted" signs in nearly every shop window. There were still plenty of homeless people begging on street corners. Anyone in SF who wants a job can have one in five minutes ... including illegals. A few years ago there used to be a queue of Mexicans at Home Depot every morning looking for day labor. Today there is a queue of people seeking workers by 7am, and they need to offer at least $12/hr in cash.

Comment Re:Fan Base Development (Score 1) 45

Without the free streaming how would there be any fans?

I have several New Yankee Workshop books but never paid to watch Norm on TV.

Fast-forward 15 years, and my daughter has never directly paid for a Dr. Who download but her room is full of merchandise. Heck, her closet door is a 3/4 size Tardis.

Since they pulled it from Netflix, though, she hasn't bought any more as it wasn't fresh and exciting in her mind. Now she's on to YouTuber merchandise (I'll let you in on a little secret - she doesn't pay for YouTube either).

I don't get why this is hard to understand, but then again the PBS/NPR funding model has always been to DoS themselves and hold their own programming ransom.

Comment Re:Why the ACTUAL FUCK are you still using Faceboo (Score 2) 79

because a nice feature of fingerprinting is that changing one of the variables changes the fingerprint, which means spoofing useragent and rotating between a couple dozen every 5 minutes is enough to throw browser fingerprinting off.

Translation: I've made my browser even more unique, therefore they have no idea who I am!!!!!1!!1111!1

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